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What A Wonderful World!

Plan come together for 'Captain Marshall' & co!

The 2020 R3 million Gr1 Sun Met dished up the thrills and disappointments as expected with hometown hero MJ Byleveld outgunning international star Ryan Moore and defending champion Rainbow Bridge to give Milnerton veteran Vaughan Marshall his third Met winner, courtesy of the Captain Al colt, One World.

After all the months of speculation and debate, many questions were answered shortly after 5pm on Saturday as the wind gained momentum and the clouds punctuated the sky after a day of glorious sunshine and some top-class racing at Kenilworth.

A determined MJ Byleveld drives One World to victory as Ryan Moore and Rainbow Bridge play second fiddle (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Marshall, the ‘senior’ in the Met trainer class of 2020, saddled La Fabulous to win the Cape flagship all the way back in 1996 and followed up in 2014 with Hill Fifty Four.

And the victory in the 158th renewal was on as Piere Strydom and 2019 third placer Head Honcho gave One World a perfect lead early on, just ahead of Rainbow Bridge and Twist Of Fate.

Hawwaam and Vardy were relaxed lengths back.

In the run for home, Head Honcho started buckling and Ryan Moore gave Rainbow Bridge the office as the son of Ideal World moved marginally ahead of One World.

But you can’t put a good man down, no matter the Gr1 credentials, and Byleveld seized his chance to bury the ghost of his 2013 runner-up frustration on Hill Fifty Four.

Under a determined driving ride, One World (15-1) dug deep and shaded Rainbow Bridge (17-4) to record a 0,20 length win in a time of 122,48 secs.

A superb and courageous win from the wide draw!

Hawwaam (43-20) flew up late to finish a well beaten third, with Twist Of Fate (14-1) outgunning his more fancied stablemate Vardy to bank fourth cheque.

A thrilled MJ Byleveld salutes the crowd (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Vardy (34-10) finished 5,45 lengths back and never showed anything of his customary kick.

If anything, the Snaith’s reigning SA Horse Of The Year Do It Again (7-1), who ran second last year, was a bigger disappointment as he failed to show and ran 7 lengths downfield. Something is clearly amiss.

“This means the world to me. Mr Marshall has stuck to our plan. My folks are here too today. When Rainbow Bridge quickened, my horse showed fight and he came right back. My Dad told me once that nobody died from hard work. There is a lot of luck in this game too. To my sponsors Avontuur. To the whole team – we will have a massive braai to celebrate this!” said an emotional Byleveld, who has enjoyed one of his best seasons to date.

Trainer Vaughan Marshall said that One World was a courageous horse.

Marshall assistant Adele Alsop and her team greet the winner (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

“Everything panned out and it was a great ride by MJ. After this his next trip could be to Klawervlei. Thanks to Adele (Alsop) and my whole team. It’s a very special win.”

A Klawervlei bred, One World was another Met winner for Captain Al (Al Mufti) and is out of the UK placed Aquilonia (Giant’s Causeway).

One World, who races in a partnership of former NHA Chairman Ken Truter and his wife Jane, as well as Braam van Huyssteen and Etienne Braun, cost R425 000 on the Cape Premier Yearling Sale  and took his earnings here to R5 631 875 with 10 wins and 4 places from 14 starts.

Mr consistency himself, he may well be the next son of Captain Al to join the Klawervlei stallion roster.


Gr1 The Sun Met (SAf-Gr1)

Kenilworth, South Africa, February 1, R3 million, 2000m, turf, good, 2.02.48

1 – ONE WORLD (SAF), 60.0, b c 4, Captain Al (SAF) – Aquilonia (USA) by Giant’s Causeway (USA). Owner Messrs E A Braun, K P Truter & A J van Huyssteen & Mrs Jane Truter; Breeder Klawervlei Stud; trainer VH Marshall; jockey M Byleveld
2 – Rainbow Bridge (SAF), 60.0, b g 5, Ideal World (USA) – Halfway To Heaven (SAF) by Jet Master (SAF)
3 – Hawwaam (SAF), 60.0, b c 4, Silvano (GER) – Halfway To Heaven (SAF) by Jet Master (SAF)
Margins: 0.20, 3.50, 0.20

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42 comments on “What A Wonderful World!

  1. Gman says:

    Hawwaam is top class.Sun met served up some humble pie for lots of ppl that left some negative comments.Excuses please lol

  2. Seattle Slew says:

    Fantastic performances by two of the most honest and consistent horses you could hope to find. I had One World down as a place chance rather than actually winning it but delighted to see him getting his reward after being the bridesmaid on so many occasions. I still think Rainbow Bridge is better running at them from off the pace but One World was incredibly courageous under pressure and I think he would fought off anyone who challenged him today, whatever the tactics. As a racing fan, can’t complain after seeing such a duel between two top horses.

  3. AG says:

    Well done to the connections of One World and especially well done to Vaughn Marshall and MJ Byleveld. A well deserved win. A superb horse. Before the race Tellytrack played an advert about 4 champions vying to win the Met. One World was not one of them. One World is now the undisputed champion. It was a poor showing for favoured horses. The jog wings who administer the betting and racing side of horse racing need to understand that horse racing is in a fish bowl. Everyone needs to share in the food spoils. If you have only a few fish winning and eating lavishly on the day, the other fish will eventually succumb and die. If the bowl is empty, its goodbye horse racing. The open bet can be easily beaten. If more people win the pick 6, less bookmakers will lay the bet as their odds of losing start increasing. Couplings should return for all exotics including bi pots and PA’s. The number of bets should be limited to wins, place bets of 4 if more than 10 runners (bookies will not match this), trifectas and quartets. No doubles, exactas and swingers.

    Something that irked me today was the race calling of Clyde Basel. He calling was poor and I do not know why they allowed him to call the race. He has lost his ability. Sorry Clyde, you are a has been. Watch the race again and listen to his commentary, it took him about 1000m before he had called all the horses. He clearly had backed Hawaam the way he way willing the horse to win. Except for the first 4 horses home, the other horses were lucky to be mentioned more than once in the entire race. I would rather have had Brandon Bailey or Dumpie Schoeman have called the race. Clyde should stick to what he does best…. what is it ….. edited*

  4. Mayen Naidoo says:

    Mdk mentioned Vardy is a Champion and betting did not suggest that as he should of being favourite. However Hawwam was favourite and ran to his ability a dismal 3rd.The bookies horse did not disappoint the bookies yet again. Vardy was striding short. This boom miler should of being scratched. However the best weighted horse using Vardy as a line horse won. Well done 14/1 was a gift. It proves yet again boom horses are failures time and time again. Can’t blame Anton this time on a overrated horse racing in SA.

  5. Tim says:

    Horse chestnut jogging on the spot would walk passed hawwaam the champ

  6. Gman says:

    Well done one world.To all the hawwaam top class fans after this showing u will get 100/1 in the uk to get sum moola back from believing in an average horse.

  7. Jedri says:

    What a performance by mj perfect ride.Hawaam showed us he is nothing above average

  8. marcel says:

    Well to all those who thought i was a bit bonkers saying One World would win my ticket turned into moola and not in the bin . Hehe

  9. Gary Turf says:

    Please do not even compare Hawwaam to the mighty Horse Chestnut.
    Horse Chestnut was a superstar who won the Met by over 8 lengths as a 3 year old.
    Probably the best ever to have run in SA.
    Hawwaam is at least 10 lengths inferior to Chestnut.A very good horse but no Superstar.

  10. Cameron James says:

    Cecil, here’s some food for thought for the upcoming Durban season. On a line through RB, do you agree that the formlines of both DIA and RB is the strongest in the country right now. The question that i have to ask has RB trained on to be a better horse than DIA or has DIA again gone off the boil?

    I believe DIA has had some issues through the summer and he thrives in Durban, surely if Justin can put the fire back into this horse a third July is possible strictly through the formlines of RB.

    They both maintain the strongest line of form around. Form is temporary, class is permanent. I think Justin should run DIA abit more often.

    He clearly needs races in between his main targets.

  11. Ralph Fell. says:

    Clyde Basel’s commentary was conducted in a monotone with about as much excitement as watching paint dry. Who made the decision to permit this occurrence?

  12. Rudi says:

    Marcus is overrated. For a long time on one world jumped ship and look. Trainers must just have faith in other jocks . Welldone blou bul.

  13. Sean says:

    Well done to One World. Captain Al, what a sire. A plan well executed in getting the horse to settle and run on, as opposed to it’s earlier form of winning from the front. Revised plans for the horse with the most excuses, perhaps Ngong next!

  14. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Morning CJ. I agree, something is clearly amiss with DIA. I won’t write him off just yet, yes he loves Dbn and will make history 1st w/e in July. Pity we don’t have too many 2000m + races for him.

    Like you and Mr Rod M says – Class is permanent.

    I didn’t win money on The Met, but very happy for MJ and One World connections, very clever and good ride. RB, wow this is another ATM. I overrated Hawwaam, like many others…

    DIA & RB,, also Vardy & One World makes me think back to 2 horses that I loved many moons ago – Turncoat and Bodrum.

    Have a Good Day 👍

    ps – Excellent race day in CT, I still believe
    it should be stand-alone meeting.

  15. Rian says:

    Great ride by two outstanding jockeys who gave it there all, hats off to two sportsmen who showed us what can be achieved with hard work and dedication
    Check their records, no excuses in their races and we love them win or lose.
    Cameron, don’t know what to make of DIA as he is definately up there with them, and let’s hope he spot on for his 3rd tilt at July, what a race that’s going to be !!!!

  16. Deezo Snyman says:

    For me the Met was circumspect and very prudent. The fashion was bombastic and all the races were from the top draw. The Cape trainers and jockeys showed they are the best in SA and the trend should continue throughout our Durban season. We have to admit that One World deserved this big one albeit we had our doubts about his staying ability. He has now won 10 races including 4 graded races, highest stakes earner, the most so far by any current race horse still in training in SA. Vardy proved that a mile is his optimal distance and the Hawwaam hype has now dwindled. He is a true champion on the Highveld. DIA’s splendid career has now reached a crescendo and retirement should be on the cards. As they say, the cream of the crop rose to the top and on evidence of the Cape trainers and jockeys’ performance, we now know who the real champions are even if they are not chasing any accolades.

  17. ROBOCOP says:

    good win for vaugham and his stable. 14 horses in a met with 1 and 2 time winners in the field how is this allowed. all the hype about exporting horses when we cant even fill the met field with decent horses barring maybe 6 of them. when are people going to realise our horses are average. hence mr de kock is no more a big fish in the dubai pond. hawwam is overated and maybe he has a internal problem but he is no superstar. big thanks to the snaiths for once again being honest with the do it again problems whatever it might have been.
    where were the days of 40 thousand people at the met. gone for good its now a small social event.
    racing is a gambling game just like casinos when are the fat cats going to realise this and go back to basics. coupling must come back or else racing will carry on dying.
    why was larry once again in the line up to shake hands with the jockeys in the met. I THOUGHT HE RESIGNED HONORABLE

  18. cruisoe says:

    agreed. Greed getting to them . they want the moola from all sides .

  19. Pmb says:

    Great racing. Consistency with reasonable pace in most of the features gave rewards. Always going to be some disappointments and bad luck but the G1 results for both winners and places were a decent reflection of form

  20. Harold says:

    Was it worth the while to jock Gavin Lerena off RB?

  21. Leon Smuts says:

    Why do we take such pride in the misery of others? In the end only one horse, trainer and jockey normally ends up winning and so much can and does go wrong in a race. For me it was wonderful to see the fighting spirit of One World being headed and then coming back again. This is what makes racing unlike anything else and how beautiful to see our local jock beating a top international jock fair and square in a great finish. I take no joy from the other’s failure as it takes so long to prepare for a big race and there are so few seasons in a horse’s armoury to do so. Congratulations to all the connections and how special to have an animal with stallion prospects.

  22. Seattle Slew says:

    Leon, well said, and I think your comments provide some much-needed perspective. Having suffered a double whammy (my betting propositions, Hawwaam and Queen Supreme were well beaten, and my sentimental favourites Celtic Sea and Rainbow Bridge went oh-so close) I still look back on yesterday with great satisfaction from a pure racing point of view. We were treated to two fantastic finishes in the Met and the Majorca, the best horse on the day won in each case, and the runners-up gave their all, losing nothing in defeat. At a time when our sport is in the doldrums, our equine athletes gave us something to cheer about. I also agree about One World’s potential stallion prospects – only time will tell, of course, but it’s exciting to contemplate another son of Captain Al standing at stud.

  23. Mayen Naidoo says:

    Clyde Basel not too sure which race you was calling. One World was never headed by Rainbow Bridge once he took over from Head Honcho. He dug down deep to shrug off Rainbow Bridge. Top ride MJ to beat a bridesmaid under a world renowned Jockey.


    I’ll never forget this Met when seeing One World just past the 400m marker, baked and ready to be left behind by my 1st choice Rainbow Bridge.

    Us racing form students can never factor in pure guts.

    Yes, same of us analyst’s do know that a horse coming up alongside another, particularly in jumps racing causes the forlorn hope to catch a second breath and fight on.

    This was for all to see as Ryan Moore past One World on Rinbow Bridge, I grabbed my 12% Pick 6 ticket out & started to figure out if I wanted R 200 000 in tens or twenties.

    Well done to the brave heart One World and MJ Byleveld !

    It happened there, no smoke from Wetton Rd, no conspiracies, no excuses, no black holes… just pure adulation.

    I settled for two 1% cover Pick 6 perms, thanks to Clouds Unfold and Silver Host.

  25. Cecil Pienaar says:

    I am so broke cause of The Met, definitely gonna be short on bus fare money in Feb…

    It reminds me of an East Rand joke – Koos says end of month normally so broke, the kids must push the car to Tops….


    Of course, I have to pay homage to the empty tables & racecourse on Saturday.

    Kenilworth Racing, It’s a Rush & Clyde Basel’s entertainment Div of Phumelela….. wakey-wakey, hands off snakey.

  27. Clinton says:

    Gavin Lerena did say Rainbow bridge is at his peak and conceded that Ryan Moore one of the best around however he does not know Rainbow Bridge . His assesment was spot on . Ryan Moore traveling double hands full he just had to sit a little longer and the bridge wins .Could it be Poetic Justice

  28. Gavin Langeveldt says:

    Hawwaam did not look right when asked the question 2 furlongs out.
    Lot’s of “Tail Swishing” hating the use of the crop.
    Some horses dig their toes in.
    One world won a good race.
    Full of merit.
    The other fancied runners were not mentioned..
    To be super critical it wasn’t a well called race.

  29. Michael Jacobs says:

    Nobody has taken pride in the misery of others. However a certain Frankie Zackey came along 2 months ago with an arrogance and attitude that completely ruined the good-natured Pre-Met banter that goes on before all big races on the Sporting Post blog. I don’t know if Zackey is the brand ambassador for Hawwaam or “MDK” , but he certainly alienated a lot of the punters here, and that led to people actually hoping Hawwaam would lose. Which he did. The arrogance of De Kock also did not help. I’ve heard of a good racehorse but never a “proper” racehorse! Hawwaam hsd not even faced the top horses in the country yet he was being touted as the next Horse Chestnut! And then it all fell apart. Spectacularly!

    Zackey has now left the building. And Hawwaam probably the country, why I don’t know. Maybe the horse should be gelded and win all the big Gauteng races for the next 3 years.

  30. Gman says:

    Well said.

  31. George Croucher says:

    Michael Jacobs, I guess its easy to be critical of someones opinion of a race with the benefit of hindsight, however what you see as “an arrogance and attitude” from Frankie Zee,others (myself included) would see as a passion and utter belief in Hawwaam’s ability to win the Met and I for 1 quite enjoyed the banter, the fact that his prediction went awry is simply part of racing and the fact that i never saw a single poster suggest that One World would win he was not alone in his disappointment,
    As far as MDK “proper horse” comment goes, in the 40 plus years ive been involved in the industry that term has been synonymous with top horses, in fact the legendary Jackie Gorton used that exact term when telling my late Dad about an unraced 2yo he had in his stable Fuzzy Rag who went on to win 11 races,that was indeed a proper horse and if MDK refers to Hawwaam as a “proper horse” I will accept that as fact for the simple reason that it is the opinion of a truly “Proper Trainer”.

  32. Michael Jacobs says:

    There is no such thing as a “proper horse”. That is demeaning and derogatory of all horses, God’s creatures. Breeders and owners would consider it highly offensive if you told them that most of their horses are not “proper” horses, but only a select few, as per Mike De Kock. There are many not so “proper” horses who have out-performed the “proper” horses. They might not have had conformation or straight legs but they had something Hawwaam does not have- heart, tenacity, fight!

    And another thing, there was no “hindsight” about Hawwaam, we said upfront let him come to Cape Town and prove himself. He failed to do that.

  33. George Croucher says:

    The term “Proper Horse” is exactly that terminology which has been common place among racing folk for as long as I can remember, so if any breeder or owner has found it offensive they certainly have not voiced this opinion, if fact the only person to find some way of categorizing the term as offensive is you, so just to clarify my thinking if someone says they going to have a “Proper Bet” would you find this offensive, the terminology is purely a description of a very good horse and also only an opinion, Im not sure if you were being serious with your “is demeaning and derogatory of all horses, God’s creatures’ statement but if you were then I’m not sure if I find this sad or funny…But then to say,not once but twice, that a horse that has won 8 of 11 starts including the Tony Ruffel,Daily News, Dingaans and The Premiers Challenge,IE 3 Grade 1’s, 3 Grade 2’s and a Grade 3 from just 11 starts and placed in his other races has to come to Capetown to prove him self?? this I know is laughable…So i will adopt the “Take it from whence it Came” option and continue on my Merry Proper way….

  34. Michael Jacobs says:

    Can somebody help me out here- what is the difference between a “proper” racehorse and a good or brilliant racehorse? Is Vardy, Queen Supreme, One World, Pocket Power, Soqrat, Horse Chestnut, Sledgehammer “proper” racehorses or good racehorses? Was JJ the Jetplane a “proper” racehorse or a brilliant racehorse? And Empress Club? Frankel? Winx? I’m confused……

  35. George Croucher says:

    I have explained that not once not twice but 3 times not sure if you are just playing dumb or are in fact completely void of grey matter, either way best you remain confused, I have trouble suffering fools gladly so as far as Im concerned this conversation is closed, there will be those who actually read the post in its entirety and not just attack their keyboard simply to make a noise, remain confused it seems to be your forte…

  36. Michael Jacobs says:

    Coming back to the “proper” horse Hawwaam, while he may well have won 8 races, he did not beat anything of note, even in the grade 1s he beat very mediocre opposition. The “proper” horse beat Cascapadiea, Twist of Fate, Bunker Hunt and National Park in the Graded races. Twist of Fate has proven to be just below top-class, and the others are not going to Hollywood. Gauteng Grade 1s are definitely not considered the blue riband events in SA, although the money is quite good.

    Let’s see Hawwaam perform in England, then we can determine if he is a “proper” racehorse or not.

  37. Chris says:

    Thanks for reminding me about Fuzzy Rag George.Same time as Tudor Blue.Both proper race horses.

    1. Editor says:

      Larivierre, Chris?

  38. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…MJ now that they have legalised weed I see that you have taken full advantage..when you wanna compare horses ask for my opinion 1st pls bud…did it ever cross your mind that Hawwaam had Cape trainers bamboozled when they knew he was coming down,,Knowing that he must still overcome all the hurdles that he needed to face before coming down…strange that every trainer and jockey when interviewed before the QP and the Met Hawwaam’s name was the 1st thing that came out their mouths I wonder why,, do you honestly believe they are all complete clowns,, unfortunately it is what it is but there’s still no doubt that he’s still the best we have in SA by a comfortable margin..Hawwaam will be heading overseas and will be following him with keen interest..

  39. Pieta says:

    Mr Croucher….I see you have resuscitated yourself….good man……

  40. Chris says:

    Yes Ed.Larivierre.I think Fuzzy Rag beat Tudor Blue first or second time out but he proved himself a great front runner over 1400/1600 metres with a huge heart and plenty guts.Always at a good price because poor Mr.Larivierre never got the horses or the regonition he deserved.

  41. George Croucher says:

    “Tinky” Lariverre i think he was known as…Chris you are so right, he was indeed a top class horseman who never got the break but did wonders with Tudor Blue, winning the SA Guineas in ’75 or ’76 and Im sure he also placed behind Two Cities and Bahadur in the Bull Brand International..

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